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Kobo Books Cyber Monday e-book sale (24 hours Only) – Codes are reusable!

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh hey, the Kobo Books Cyber Monday sale is now live!

* Instead of using the 30% code, I suggest that you stick with Bargainmoose40 (40% off) which is an old code that’s still working

** Codes may be used again and again! Check out all the Open Road titles (includes Pearl S. Buck, Octavia Butler, older Anne Perry titles)

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HP Home & Home Office Store’s Cyber Monday sale now LIVE!

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Oh hey, the HP Home & Home Office Store‘s Cyber Monday sale is now live!

* If you were in the market for a new PC or laptop anyway, why not check out the HP sale since you get a FREE Nook out of it? Plus Bonus coupon savings of $10 off $50 purchase with coupon code BFCM2012!

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AmazonLocal Deal: Free Voucher to Purchase One Top Holiday Title for $1.99 on Amazon MP3

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s a GREAT AmazonLocal deal! Claim your Free Voucher to Purchase One Top Holiday Title for $1.99 on Amazon MP3 at your AmazonLocal page!

It’s just not the holidays without your favorite holiday tunes — luckily Amazon MP3 has you covered with this exclusive deal!

This free voucher lets you put the holidays in your earphones — or computer or sound system — for just $1.99. You’ll find classic holiday collections, new favorites by hot new artists, and everything in between.

  • Free Voucher to Purchase One Top Holiday Title for $1.99 on Amazon MP3
  • Available only to U.S. customers
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward the purchase of a top holiday title on Amazon MP3 by December 2, 2012

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With J. A. Huss! @JAHuss

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author J. A. Huss to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! J.A. Huss writes new adult speculative and science fiction as well as an entire line of science non-fiction textbooks that cater to home learners.

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


FLIGHT (I Am Just Junco Dot Com) by J. A. Huss

Describe your book FLIGHT (I Am Just Junco Dot Com) in ten words or less

Teenage hit-girl, Junco, controls the fate of two civilizations in FLIGHT.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I originally wanted to write a silly paranormal romance as my first novel, a way to practice and work out all my new author mistakes before I started on my (awesome) science fiction series.

But when I decided to use the SF world I had already built, Junco sorta went psycho in chapter three and the story turned very dark.

I gave up the idea for a PNR, adapted it as a sort of prequel to the original SF idea, and let her have control as a character. That’s how the I Am Just Junco series was born.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

FLIGHT is the third book in the series, but the entire saga revolves around Junco.

I love Junco. Pretty much everyone loves Junco, both in and out of the books. She’s tough, she’s a survivor, but she’s still very fragile.

In FLIGHT, she’s literally got the weight of the world on her shoulders, but at the same time she’s being confronted with lies about her past at every turn. She makes the most of any situation, but she’s not perfect and she’s never pretended to be good.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I have two day jobs actually. I inspect farms for a state government and I run an online subscription website where I sell non-fiction science materials for home learners.

When I inspect farms, I travel all over the eastern half of Colorado. This is where I built my fictional AF world for the first book, CLUTCH, so it’s a special place for me.

My background in science definitely helps me write science fiction. I never have to research scientific facts for my books, it’s nice when that part can just roll off the keyboard.

Hand to hand combat and sniper training – now that’s another story. I spend all my research time on that kind of stuff.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

Book four in the I Am Just Junco series is called RANGE and is due out April 1, 2013.

In this story Junco is alone and in charge of everything. Quite a change from where she’s been (surrounded by guards or friends or teammates). All the choices in this book are hers, as are the mistakes. There is no one to blame if it all goes wrong.

(And since there is a book five, there’s time for lots of things to go wrong in RANGE!)

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you liked The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game, you’ll probably like the I Am Just Junco series…as long as you’re up for a more violent and foul-mouthed version of both. 😉


Thanks again for stopping by, J. A. Huss! You can learn more about the author via her website: www.iamjustjunco.com, Blog: jahuss.com, Goodreads author page, Facebook: Junco-Coot, and Twitter: @JAHuss.

 FLIGHT (I Am Just Junco Dot Com) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Cora Buhlert!

November 23, 2012 3 comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Cora Buhlert to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! Cora Buhlert was born and bred in Bremen, North Germany, and has published stories, articles and poetry in various international magazines.

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Murder in the Family by Cora Buhlert

Describe your book Murder in the Family in ten words or less

Murder in the Family collects nine short tales of love, death, vengeance and murder.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

It’s a short story collection, so the ideas came from lots of places including a Volkswagen TV commercial, a supposedly true story that happened to a friend of my great-aunt, a photo of a hat floating in a river and a writing prompt asking me to write about “How to murder your parents”.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

I have a soft spot for Eudora Pennington, a nice old lady who gets mugged in a cemetery and gives the robber a nasty surprise.

I also have a lot of sympathy for Hannah, a single mom who deals with a sexual harasser in a rather unorthodox way, even though she is a criminal. But then the harassment scenes, particularly the brief scenes narrated from the POV of Hannah’s harasser, were just so icky to write that I felt the urgent need to take a shower afterwards.

Finally, I’m quite fond of Alfredo Spinelli, the mafia boss with a hair problem, simply because he was such a hoot to write.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

Actually, I have two day jobs. First of all, I work as a freelance technical translator. Moreover, I also teach remedial English classes at a local high school.

As for how either job has affected my writing, translation is closely related to writing anyway, since both are jobs that require working with words. Of course, technical and business writing (i.e. the sort of thing I translate) are very different from fiction writing, but you can still learn a lot about how to writer effectively. Though I actually learn a lot more about how not to do it, because the quality of a lot of technical writing is abominably low. Finally, you also learn interesting tidbits about all sorts of technology and get to meet interesting people, particularly if you also work as an interpreter on occasion.

As for my other job, teaching is a great way to keep in touch with how teenagers think and speak. It also increases your empathy, particularly if most of your students are “problem kids” like mine are. And trying to help these kids and maybe make their lives a little better simply makes you feel good, even if you know that you can’t help all of them. Besides, interacting with real live human beings is beneficial, since writing and translating are both rather lonely professions.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m still working on making my backlist available in e-book form, so I’ve got a new book coming out every month or so.

Upcoming projects include, “The Dark Lily”, a spy story set in Beirut in 1965, which is a prequel to my spy novelette “The Other Side of the Curtain”, “Flights of Madness”, a collection of short stories about planes and flying, and “Cartoony Justice”, a story which every editor to whom I ever submitted it loved but had no idea how to market it. I call it “too weird for New Weird, too bizarre for Bizarro”. It involves magic, talking pigs, people getting turned into dancing bananas and cartoons.

I’m also continuing to translate my existing stories into German.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

Oh, this question is really difficult to answer, because I write in multiple styles and genres.

That said, a few years ago a fellow student at university compared my writing voice to Nick Hornby. That same student later went on to become an editor at a German imprint of one of the so-called “Big Six” publishers, so I can confidently say that my work was compared by Nick Hornby’s by a Big Six editor.


Thanks again for stopping by, Cora Buhlert! You can learn more about the author via her personal website: corabuhlert.com, and publisher website: pegasus-pulp.com.

 Murder in the Family is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Black Friday Deals on Target.Com!

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Super excited about Black Friday shopping? Well, Target.Com‘s Black Friday sale is now live! Grab the doorbuster specials!

* NOOK Simple Touch by Barnes & Noble is $49.00! Plus free $60 Gift Card when you purchase an iPad!

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Black Friday Deals on BestBuy.Com!

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Super excited about Black Friday shopping? Well, BestBuy.Com‘s Thanksgiving Weekend Sale is now live! Grab the doorbuster specials!

* For those looking for tablets & readers, here’s the direct link!

** Free $30 Gift Card with Kindle Fire or 7″ Kindle Fire HD

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